Lucas Torreira has returned to England ahead of his transfer away from Arsenal

Lucas Torreira will return to London Colney tomorrow to begin training back with Arsenal following an extended break. 

The Uruguayan posted on Instagram with the caption “London” as he trained in the gym earlier today. There are many questions over why the midfielder has taken so long to return to the main group following the summer break and that is due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Why has Lucas returned to Arsenal so late?

Torreira has been back to Uruguay which is on the red list for travel, meaning if you travel directly from a country on this list means you have to quarantine in an English hotel upon arrival. Due to this, the 25-year-old has spent his time in Spain preparing for his return to Arsenal.

What next for Lucas?

Lucas Torreira has had an odd career with Arsenal. He started his short spell on fire seemingly forming a solid partnership with Granit Xhaka in midfield but as time wore on, former manager Unai Emery began using him all over the pitch which didn’t suit him.

Mikel Arteta then came in and did not like the style he brought to the team. This saw Arsenal drop £50m on Thomas Partey whilst shifting the former Sampdoria player in the other direction to Atlético Madrid on a season-long loan in which he played a bit part role for the Spanish champions.

Torreira went through a traumatic time with the passing of his mother, Viviana Di Pascua to which he opened up about it.

“When my mother’s thing happened, I wanted to stop playing soccer.

“I wanted to stay in Fray Bentos with my family. I had very little desire to go back to Spain because I had to stay alone there.

“Luckily one of my brothers left with me, but I wanted to be here, with my father, because he was the one who was suffering the most and the one who was hurt the most by this whole situation.

“He was always with my mother, they went everywhere together and today seeing him alone is a very hard blow that we find difficult to assimilate.

“And we try to be with him, to help him, accompany him and also hold him so that he does not fall.

“Because now we have to continue, for us, for him and because the most important reason to continue living is always going to be our mother.”

Lucas is due to return to Arsenal tomorrow but the club are very much wanting to move the player on despite Torreira being happy to fight for his space in the squad. Edu and co want to recoup as much of the £25m fee they paid for Torreira with the Serie A the most likely destination right now.

I asked Arsenal fans what they wanted to do with Torreira which seemingly was a landslide victory with the majority opting for a sale.

Arsenal want to raise as much cash as they can in order to bring in a new right-back and striker to end a busy window for the gunners. We expect a lot of moves before the window closes on August 31st.

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